Olaf Dreßler

As high-quality “bonbons”, all concert-goers know such pieces as encores – but they often have undreamt of qualities and may become musical friends for life. Romantic virtuoso instrumental music would be unheard of without these many little “genre pieces” which are virtually custom-tailored for their particular instrument. There has always been a tradition of arranging and transcribing them for other instruments, however, as we see here with Guido Schiefen’s arrangements of such compositions for his instrument, the cello, which he present along with works written expressly for cello. And by the way, this CD just proves once again that Schiefen is one of the younger generation’s leading cellists, with energy that just doesn’t quit and the great-est of musical sensitivity.